The US could see daily COVID-19 cases quadruple next month as vaccinations hit a wall, former CDC director says
- Dr. Tom Frieden warned the US could see 200,000 new COVID-19 cases a day in four to six weeks.
- That rate was last seen in January.
- He said it was due to people not getting vaccinated, and there would be "preventable deaths."
Dr. Tom Frieden, who led the
"We're heading into a rough time. It's likely, if our trajectory is similar to that in the United Kingdom, that we could see as many as 200,000 cases a day," he said.
He said this could happen in the next four to six weeks.
The US is currently recording between around 30,000 and around 60,000 new cases a day.
Data from Johns Hopkins University shows that the US last saw around 200,000 new cases a day in January, CNN noted.
Frieden said the US isn't likely to see the same "horrific death tolls" that it did earlier in the pandemic as many vulnerable people have been vaccinated.
But he warned: "You will see a steady increase in deaths, and these are preventable deaths."
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